Reunion in Bendigo a timely reminder of the importance of CPR
A Bendigo CFA crew has been reunited with a patient whose life they helped save earlier in the year.
Bill Frantz, a life member of Cohuna Fire Brigade and a former CFA volunteer was in Bendigo attending the 2019 CFA State Championships in March this year. An avid lover of dancing he attended the Spring Gully Dance Hall on Saturday March 9 when he started to feel strange before collapsing.
While unresponsive, quick thinking bystanders called Triple Zero straight away while the security guard grabbed the defibrillator and his dance partner who happened to be a retired nurse performed CPR.
CFA Commander Luke Waterson said the quick and early response by people attending the dance hall likely played a critical role in saving Bill’s life.
“Incidents like this highlight the importance of bystanders knowing basic medical procedures such as CPR as well as community facilities having deliberators,” he said.
“The quick thinking of the people around Bill helped save his life.”
Bill Frantz said he was glad he was surrounded by people that had the skills to save him.
“I’m incredibly humble and grateful for the joint effort by everyone that night. I might not be here if it wasn’t for them,” he said.
Commander Waterson also highlighted that CFA crews are now more than ever responding to Emergency Medical Response (EMR) incidents with Ambulance Victoria.
“It’s situations like this which highlight the importance of EMR and demonstrate why the system works. One or two minutes in this type of medical emergency can be the difference between life and death,” Commander Waterson said.
EMR is a co-responder program between Ambulance Victoria and CFA designed to improve survival from Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest.
The reunion today was a chance for all parties in the incident to come together after Bill had fully recovered.
Commander Waterson said it had taken until August for Bill to return to full health.
“Bill has only just been given the ok to drive again. The reunion is about celebrating the work CFA, Ambulance Victoria and the people at the Spring Gully Dance did that night,” he said.
“Bill is 100% again and it’s a credit to everyone involved.”
Another fabulous night of dance on Friday August 23 for the Gala Night, with Family Rhythm providing a wonderful selection of their music. Mary welcomed about 84 dancers to the evening and MC duties were again shared between Clare, Rod and John. The atmosphere as usual, was fun and friendly. It was great to Norma come along to enjoy the music and support the club even though she is not able to get back dancing just yet. Another delicous supper and sponge cake lovers need to know that that they must move swiftly to secure a piece! And Nerine learned just how tough Yvonne really is when she took over the dishwashing duties. All in all, an entertaining night.
Our July 2019 dance had a ‘Christmas in July’ theme, with Santa? and his elf helper dropping in. Rita and Bob provided the music, and as always they got into the mood and took the crowd with them. We had a lot of fun with them, thankyou Rita and Bob for giving us a great time.
We had organised to make a DVD of some of our dances in response to a request from a psychiatric doctor at Royal Melbourne Hospital, who had heard of how our Club has introduced a regular dancing hour for dementia patients in the Treetops Program at Kyneton Hospital, which has been very successful – to the point where they have been asked to do a similar program at Ray M. Begg Aged Care Hostel and also Trentham Hostel for the Aged. These patients are often quite physically healthy and fit, aged about 50-60 upwards, and benefit greatly from being able to dance and sing along to music they remember from the past.
We appreciate your assistance in making this DVD. Thanks to Rita and Bob for agreeing to participate in this effort to bring music and dancing to folk who really benefit from it. Also, sincere thanks to those in the club who provide this opportunity to people who are now unable to attend public events, but who get a lot from the chance to go back in memory to the happy evenings they may have had in the past.
John has finished compiling the DVD and if you would like a copy please contact the club.